As I view our city’s 2012 Annual Drinking Water Quality Reporter and sit in disbelief at how high the Chloramines sit at an ave of 3.6 ppm when the Max Contamin Level is 4 ppm …(which makes NOT
for taste test contests
nor the cleanest
/unhealthy? award) so I wonder how we continue to win and wonder if we are somehow sacrificing health for taste somewhere else?)…..Still haven’t heard a peep from the new Arlington Water Director, Buzz Pishkur, in my failed attempts to have him respond to my emails.
..I’m not surprised….they are instructed not to talk to me….I get the same treatment from our Arlington City Public Health Authority, Cynthia Simmons….
Below I’ve shared on my other blog site when I was running for City Council about my concern for what and when our city tests our drinking water source which is Lake Arlington.
It is worrisome that we have 100 laterals under our lake. It is also adjacent to numerous natural gas padsites on the Ft Worth side of the lake. Worse still is it is the dumping ground for the Handley Exelon Power Plant
in the summer for hot water that kills the poor fish AND on top of that now there is a Natural Gas Compressor Station Complex (and probably gas wells too with nasty venting storage tanks
) to the north of our water supply. Here is a reminder folks that Formaldehyde is not federally
or state mandated to be tested for in drinking water.
Below you can read on the email exchange with our former water director, Julie Hunt. Notice how she did NOT respond to my question as to if Formaldehyde was being tested for. Formaldehyde and Carbon Disulfide are Natural Gas industry byproducts that have been found in exceedances at our Lake Arlington Compressor Station during the Titan, BSEEC industry funded air testing
So I’ll again try to contact good old Buzz and see if the acid rain parameters of PH, Alkalinity, and Specific Conductivity would be off kilter in the presence of these chemicals….
“The death of a child (age 3) who was sleeping in a room fumigated with acrylonitrile has been described by Grunske (1949). Respiratory malfunction, lip cyanosis, and tachycardia were among the symptoms described prior to death. Five adults who spent the night and much of the day in the room complained only of eye irritation or showed no signs of acrylonitrile poisoning. The concentration of acrylonitrile in the air was not given. Several other instances of death in children with only mild irritation in adults were reported by Grunske (1949), but not described in detail.”
As I attempted to report this info via emails and this blog, an immediate response from Arlington attorney Kris Landrith was ……”remove me from (your) emails”. We know who the real leadership in Arlington is don’t we?
Below is the city’s response (and my rebuttal) on proactive measures for our surface drinking water now that we have 55 drilling pad sites. Lake Arlington is supplied via piped water from Cedar Creek & Richland Chambers Lake
(drill site at road SE3170 adjacent to the lake sporting at least 5 wells and 10 tanks) over 80 miles away. Too bad her response doesn’t include anything about testing for the fracking chemicals used.
Begin forwarded message:
From: Kim Feil <email@example.com>
Date: April 21, 2012 8:27:00 PM CDT
To: Julie Hunt <Julie.Hunt@arlingtontx.gov>
Ms Hunt, Thank you for your (partial) response. May I suggest that you add to your monitoring schedule for screening that coincides with Arlington and Ft Worth drill sites during their “active” times?
I’m not comfortable about a few things….
1) Disposal of produced fluids are evacuated daily at ALL of these sites. The monthly inspections at drill sites near Lake Arlington leave room for weeks of potentially contaminated drinking water that we consume daily.
2) Fracking chemicals aren’t being screen for. When flooding events occur (as in the Barron & Fulson drill site)….no one at the local, state or federal level did fracking chemical testing…just the usual turbidity, salinity, etc.
3) Specialty testing you referenced (such as metals, BTEX, MTBE and TOC) that is occurring quarterly leaves room for months of potentially contaminated drinking water that we consume daily.
I truly believe we need at least daily testing which should be funded either by the drillers or the Tomorrow Fund.
Begin forwarded message:
The City of Arlington is proactively monitoring for any impact from the gas wells on Lake Arlington. Water Department personnel are monitoring eight gas well sites adjacent to Lake Arlington and inspecting them monthly for any discharges from the sites. Samples are collected from Lake Arlington and tested quarterly for pollutants. Metals tested that are an indicator of pollution runoff from gas wells including arsenic, lead, chromium, barium, and mercury. Volatile organics that are tested as an indicator of pollution from diesel include benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene (BTEX), Methyl tert butyl ether (MTBE), and total organic carbon (TOC). Water quality indicators are tested as an indicator of acid rain that include pH, alkalinity, and specific conductivity. Regarding methanol, it is water soluable and is not a pollution indicator parameter. This proactive testing conducted regularly at Lake Arlington is closely monitored by our licensed professionals for any indication of contamination of our environment.
Julia J. Hunt, P.E. | Director of Water Utilities |Arlington Water Utilities | (817) 459-6600
From: Kim Feil [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2012 12:24 PM
To: Julie Hunt
Cc: Darryl Westbrook; Robert Cluck; Robert Shepard; Robert Rivera; Mel LeBlanc; Jimmy Bennett; Kathryn Wilemon; Lana Wolff; Sheri Capehart
Subject: What is Arlington doing differently since drilling to better screen our surface water?
In general, can you make a statement about what Arlington is doing differently to be proactive in identifying if any drilling effluents are getting into the Lake or other reservoirs, storm run off, or fallout as acid rain?
For starters, how can we know if
or formaldehyde is being screened for?
I would like to see a drilling tab on the water dept. website with assurances and action plan to mitigate any surface risks these 55 padsites and moving trucks hazards present.
Are you familiar with fracfocus.org
? Will you follow suit like the fire department to ask council to approve fees to drillers to fund the additional testing we need to have to assure public safety of our surface drinking water?
During public comment for the budget, mayor Cluck interrupted my comments and I ran out of time and wanted to address the need for our water department to ramp up what they test for.
As a home rule city, we have the ability to be more stringent than the state and federal government.
ps I haven’t had a response back from you Ms Hunt from my Dec 6 email related to…Re: follow up request on US Dept of Energy recommendation for updates needed to protect drinking & SURFACE water.
On Feb 6, 2012, at 12:33 PM, Kim Feil wrote:
Since unregulated contaminants are not given the due attention, and since our town is a drilling town with all those 100? laterals underneath Lake Arlington, I wanted additional assurances that even though we are not bound by federal or state laws, do we take a more proactive search to determine that drilling effluents are not getting into lake Arlington? I’m talking about risks to our surface water either by casing leaks or surface spills such as the one we had two summers ago into Lake Arlington from a work over drill site.
Kim Feil, North Arlington
(Former) City Council Candidate